Samsonov is European Champion
Boros/Steff win women's doubles
Sunday, April 06, 2003
FiTeT Press Release
No doubt that Vladimir Samsonov is the king of the European Table Tennis Championships in Courmayeur which end today. The player from Belarus got the second golden medal, after the Men Team Event one, dominating in Men Single as well.
No story in the final against the German Torben Wosik: 4-0 the result (11-7, 12-10, 12-10, 11-3), the same of last Saturdayís semifinal vs. Timo Boll , number one in the world ranking.
Samsonovís supremacy (he is European Champion again after five years, since his previous victory in Eindhoven in 1998) was absolutely evident in these Championships and his performance aroused the publicís admiration, that took the Champion from Belarus as its idol.
Courmayeur is a lucky place for Samsonov: here in 2001 he won the World Cup final.
Anyway the match of Wosik, 29 years-old, was honourable, even though he could not face his adversaryís strength as he did in the only precedent head to head, the one in the Dutch Open in 2001, where he lost 4-2.
Boros-Steff win women's doubles again
After last yearís victory in Women Double in Zagreb, the Croatian Tamara Boros and the Rumanian Mihaela Steff got the last title of the Euroepean Table Tennis Championships, which have ended today in Courmayeur, winning 4-2 vs. the Hungarian double Csilla Batorfi and Krisztina Toth (10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 16-14).
In the final medal list of the 24th European Championships Belarus is first, followed by Rumania and by Italy.
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